Bee feeding on nectar produced by aphids
Bee feeding on nectar produced by aphids

Shockingly bees are so short of nutritional nectar they’ve taken to drinking the nectar produced by aphids farmed by ants in our gardens. Unlikely as this sounds, I was checking out some blackfly and aphids that had colonised a Wild Cherry tree in my garden and noticed some bees settling on the aphid-ridden leaves. ‘Bees don’t eat aphids do they?’ I thought. So I googled it (other search engines are available) and found this: http://news.bbc.co.uk

The key point is that there is no nutritional value in aphid nectar – its just empty sugar to the bees. its a bit like getting our kids to live off of sugary cola rather than eating anything beneficial. Bees need protein too – not just sugars. Okay, I’m not going to condemn the bees for getting their kicks from aphid nectar, but what I am going to do is get some sweet peas (particularly nutritious to bees) and plant them in the garden to help those bees kick the habit. Serious!

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